Updated: 12:03 p.m. June 24
The threat of rain may have moved Millburn's High School graduation indoors, along with the heat and humidity, but it did nothing to dampen the spirit of the celebration.
The 392 students and proud family members crowded inside the small gym. It was standing room only -- not surprising, since the parking lot was full and cars had to be parked on the grass out in front of the school.
Only students and guests with tickets were allowed in the gym. All the other guests and spillover spectators watched via a video feed in the auditorium.
entered the the gym with the traditional Pomp and Circumstance, and Dr. William S. Miron, Millburn High School principal, welcomed them and their families.
Dr. Miron gave the podium to S. Benjamin Schechner, senior class president, who gave his speech...on distraction.
Schechner explored the word distraction and how, in his eyes, was a good thing. “Exploring distractions allow us to explore our passions.”
Then, one by one, each of the 392 hundred students walked up and received their diplomas.
As part of the ceremony, the crowd paused for a moment of silence in remembrance of a much beloved teacher, who died unexpectedly in May.
This year's recipient of the Sally DeVeer Award, given annually at graduation to an outstanding Millburn teacher in memory of former Board of Education member went to Mary Lou Kirk, currently a fifth grade teacher at South Mountain School.
Kirk spoke of knowing the class of 2011 since they began -- and she began teaching because some of them were her first kindergarten students when she started with the district.
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